LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw would have welcomed a little help from the umpires in the ninth inning, if only to end the game a bit sooner. When he didn’t get it, the Dodgers’ ace finished off the Braves on his own.
He scattered nine hits and struck out nine while tying his career-best winning streak of 10 games in a 2-1 victory Thursday night that completed Los Angeles’ three-game sweep of Atlanta.
“Fortunately for us a lot of times he comes out on top,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “He’s an amazing talent who is just as strong in the ninth as he is in the first. There’s no drop-off ever. We’re spoiled rotten.”
Kershaw (13-2) notched his second consecutive complete game for the second time in his career following his three-hit shutout at San Francisco last weekend.
He is unbeaten in his last 11 starts with a 10-0 record since June 2. The left-hander beat the Braves for the first time during the regular season in his career.
“You want to be the same from the first inning to the ninth,” Kershaw said. “I got hurt this year at the beginning, but now I feel pretty strong.”
Phillies 10, Nationals 4
In Washington, Ben Revere tied a career-high with four hits and Philadelphia defeated the Nationals but might have lost starter Cliff Lee, who left in the third inning with an apparent elbow injury.
After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs, Lee walked off the mound, looked into the Phillies dugout, and tapped his left arm with his glove hand.
Lee, making his third start since missing two months, left the game, and the Phillies announced he had a recurrence of the flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May.
Reds 3, Marlins 1
In Miami, Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings, and Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Cardinals 6, Padres 2
In San Diego, Shelby Miller and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer.
Cubs 3, Rockies 1
In Chicago, Jake Arrieta struck out seven in seven innings to help lead the Cubs to the win.
Diamondbacks 7, Pirates 4
In Phoenix, Andy Marte hit a two-run home run and Aaron Hill added a solo shot.
White Sox 7, Tigers 4
In Detroit, Moises Sierra had four hits, and Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton added three apiece to power Chicago.
Angels 1, Orioles 0 (13)
In Baltimore, Albert Pujols hit an RBI single in the 13th inning, and Los Angeles averted a three-game series sweep.
Royals 6, Twins 3
In Kansas City, Alcides Escobar hit a two-run triple and Yordano Ventura pitched seven effective innings for the Royals.
Blue Jays 6, Astros 5
In Houston, Nolan Reimold hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the ninth, and Toronto rallied for a win.
Mariners 6, Indians 5
In Cleveland, Mike Zunino’s two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted Seattle to a win.